Tonight, I have a musical treat that straddles the line between Steampunk and Dieselpunk and should be an accessible introduction to our “Period Punk” musical tastes to those curious outsiders looking in on our cultures.
Max Raabe is a German born signer who, along with the Palast Orchester, specializes in recreating the sound of German dance and film music from the early 20th century. While Max does produce his own music, he has been getting considerable attention from Steam and Diesel punks for his covers of pop songs like Britney Spears’ “Oops!… I Did It Again”
If you ask me, Britney has never sounded better! Also, don’t ask me whats with the guy at the end.
There are currently two cover albums out, Super Hits and Super Hits 2. I think these albums would be great dance music for a Steampunk party that was trying to attract new followers to the subculture. It is a kind of halfway point between the music force-fed to the public through radio and powerful music labels and the self produced genius of Steampunk artists like Abney Park.
You can view Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester’s website here, where you can learn more about the band and listen to their more traditional fare in the Music section.